7188 A paper kakemono (hanging scroll) painted in ink with a skull and grasses
Signed: Shun (indecipherable) Dokuro (Skull)
Seal: Hakuun Shinsho (artist unidentified)
Japan 19th century Edo period
Scroll: H. 203.5cm x W. 89.5cm (80¼” x 35¼”)
Painting: H. 138.5cm x W. 67.5cm (54¾” x 26¾”)
The subject matter is known as nozarashi meaning to leave a corpse unburied in a natural setting. This was a common practise in Japan until the end of Edo period (1615-1868) and is especially true for pilgrims who die whilst on the road.